End of the Spear – Film Review

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Some people say we live in a world of irreconcilable differences. Others say that true peace, lasting peace, cannot be obtained be obtained because we haven’t found a way to change the human heart.

Is a quote from the beginning of the movie and yet it is so much more than that isn’t it?  Is it not the very essence of coming to Christ – the changing of the heart?

I came upon this film without any intention of doing so and thus with no preconceived expectations or ideas of what I was to be experiencing.  But if I had of done – started viewing this film with a preconceived idea – perhaps of a gentle loving story with a clear healthy, maybe even an inspiring, message – then the opening scenes of men, women and children and even infants from the ‘Waodani tribe’ being slaughtered – certainly would have set me right.

And I feel that I really do need to make the presence of that content clear, right from the start of this review.  This film is written ‘from a true story‘ and as such has not left anything to the imagination concerning some of the more graphic and violent details. But then it should be remembers that the film is not dealing with modern-day mid-town Wexford or even down-town New York.  It is instead set (mainly) in and around 1956 and dealing with an tribe (the ‘Waodani tribe) indigenous to the jungles of Ecuador.

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It is a story of two worlds, two ways of life, perhaps even two different times meeting and a story of how a  group of missionaries sought to spread the word to those not of their faith or even of their world, culture or understanding.

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And I have to tell you that it is, in the opinion of this reviewer, an excellent film with wonderful cinematography and a very sensitive, yet brave and honest storyline.

As usual I am doing my best to adhere to my policy of not delivering any spoilers and as a result of this there is very little that I really want to say about the details of this film. Primarily because I truly do feel that a great deal of this films beauty and value is in the first-hand and untainted experiencing of it, rather than from seeing it with a view to checking out someone else’s – especially mine – opinion.

In terms of character portrayal I have but two comments to make here…

Firstly, so that the film remained authentic to it’s setting and cultural content there is of course some nudity.  Bare butts and breasts are all part of this.  So if you are of a delicate or even prudish nature when it comes to this kind of thing please be warned.  But I emphasise that this is not gratuitous in anyway, is – in my opinion – respectfully handled and essential for the film’s authenticity.

Secondly, amongst all of the excellent and seemingly natural character portrayals the acting of Chase Ellison (featured in the picture above) in his character portrayal of the young Steven Saint, is extremely good.  And his character – the pain and suffering and yet also the forgiveness – really is such an essential part of this film and story.

son we can'tThis is not a film with a myriad of sub-plots going on in order to keep you engaged or to offer something for a number of different demographics.  It is pure and uncomplicated and invites the thoughtful viewer to reflect upon and unwrap some essential and important question. Such as ones invited by the statement in the image above (and which I repeated as a quote below) and spoken by a compassionate father to a loving and fearful son.

Son, we can’t shoot the Waodani. They’re not ready for heaven… we are.

For those interested, the story behind this film is well-worth researching and is truly inspirational.  I recommend this film to you.  It is pure, it is real, it is untarnished and bold. It is as inspiring in its purity as it is disturbing in the portrayal of some of the events which took place.

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Title:              End of The Spear

Written By:   Bill Ewing,  Bart Gavigan, Jim Hanon. 

Directed By:  Jim Hanon

Starring:       Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen, Jack Guzman

Genre: AdventureDrama, Christian

Released: January 20th, 2006 (USA)

Runtime: 108 mins

Age Rating/Certificate: 12/PG-13

Violence: Yes

Controversial Language: None

Nudity and/or Sexual Content: Yes – see review above

Potentially Disturbing Scenes: Yes – see review above

For Faith and Ful-film-ent Rating: 8/10 Highly Recommended. ††††††††††

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When The Game Stands Tall – Film Review

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‘It’s not about the game, its about the team’ is one of the final statements of this film and indeed one of it’s core messages.  And in this day and age where individualism is encouraged and heralded, and where ‘dog eat dog’ appears to be rewarded and admired that is not a bad central message to have.

 

Coming from ‘Affirm Films‘ (also known for ‘To Save A Live’, ‘Soul Surfer’, the soon to be released ‘War Room’ and another new film, ‘Risen’ due for release Jan 2016) and working with ‘Mandalay Pictures’ this is an excellent film. Especially if you are into American Football at any level – although this film focuses on it at college level.

And it is there where I find myself asking the question, “Does this film have the same appeal, indeed does it have the same impact, for those of us who are not so familiar with or clued up on or even keen on American Football?”  And let’s be honest here, for some, this writer included, there are concerns about the punishment that this ‘sport’ does to the body.

And this film, I think, recognises and unashamedly acknowledges and indeed in some ways highlights the physical demand that the sport makes on its players.  As this quote from one of the coaches in the film demonstrates…

Why don’t you tackle him? This is a contact sport. You can hit someone; it’s encouraged even!

Which leads neatly, I think to another question about this sport and that is the question of the way that for many this sport (along with others) has become to many almost a religion.  And attached to that the way that many elevate and adore – almost to the point of hero worship – some of the stars.

I liked this film.  I enjoyed it.  And as a Christian I appreciated the questions the film presents in respect of this sport, life, fame, and way these sportsmen (and in this context very young men) are seen, and treated even by their own families.

And I have to tell you, having in my former years been involved with youth football (that would be the English kind of football) I have seen first hand the extreme expectations some parents can place on their children – often trying to live or achieve some sense of achievement vicariously through them.

This film’s official marketing trailer makes statements like “It’s not about winning, It’s all about.

“growing up” –  and in many ways this film is a ‘right of passage’ movie.

“forgiveness” – and yes certainly that is true.

“commitment” – and again I would agree with that.

“Brotherhood” – and certainly that shines through.

“Standing tall” – and yes that is clearly demonstrated within this film.

But the question I think that we have to ask ourselves, certainly in respect of our young people of faith in our; families, youth groups, churches, is are we teaching, are we encouraging, are we expecting, are we inspiring all of these?

Because I have often thought that if we could inspire about their faith, the same passion, the same hope, the same expectation, the same devotion and commitment that many have towards their sport, their growth and indeed the growth of the church would be so much stronger.

And that if anything is one of the major concerns I have about this film.  So much of it focusses on the sport and on the team and so little – although certainly it does bring it back to this – on the purpose and central belief.  A central belief, it has to be said, which is very evident in the coach – Bob Ladoucier (excellently played by Jim Caviezel – also known for his portrayal of Jesus in ‘The Passion of The Christ’) and the ethos of his program at De La Salle High School.  (Did I mention that this film is based on true events?)

People always ask me what it is like to never lose.  Today I am lost.

Is a statement made by coach Ladoucier in this film at a particularly tough time in his and the team’s history.  And it nods to the historic 151 game winning streak that the team was having.  It also links to the challenges, conflicts, obstacles and even defeats that the team members (and the coach) are facing in their personal lives.  Things which ask the question (of them and of us as the Christian viewer) how will you respond? And asks the question – when things do go wrong …

How do you find your way back?

 

The acting in this film is excellent.  The characters (and the portrayal of them) plausible, believable, easy to relate to and empathise with.  And despite the fact that as a European with limited knowledge of the game of American Football I was unable to fully immerse myself in the game and all the hype that goes with it – both in real life and within this film, I would recommend it as a good watch.

The sub-plots and back stories are both very interesting and very informative as well as also being – with the right mindset – very challenging.  And there is more than enough, in the opinion of this reviewer, to keep those of us who are both uninformed and fairly neutral about American Football attentive and engaged.

Title:              When  The Game Stands Tall

Written By:   Scott Marshall Smith, David Zelon, Neil Hayes

Directed By:  Thomas Carter

Starring:        Jim Caviezel, Alexandra Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern

Genre: Drama, Sport, Christian

Released: November 21st  2014 (UK)

Runtime: 115 mins

Certificate: PG

Violence: Some

Nudity and/or Sexual Content: None

Controversial Language: Little

Potentially Disturbing Scenes: Some.

For Faith and Ful-film-ent Rating: 7/10 Recommended. ††††††††††

God’s Not Dead – Film Review

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‘God’s Not Dead’ is a bold statement made both in the title of this film/movie and also (thankfully, as sometimes a film’s content doesn’t quite live up to it’s title or hype) in it’s content.

But make no mistake about this.  This statement is not only a title and a central message within the film it is a personal challenge emanating to you the viewer via from the film.  A challenge that requires and indeed, in the opinion of this reviewer, inspires a response.

As regular readers will no doubt know by now, I try my best not to give too much away about the storyline of the films that I review and where possible I refer to information already out there concerning this.  So here is what ‘imdb.com‘ describes this movie’s storyline(s)…

College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson’s curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

And generally I don’t add to what imdb.com – an excellent source for movie related information – has to say about a film.  But in this case let me just add, as it is certainly central to the plot, that the curriculum of the college philosophy professor in question – Mr Radisson – (played by the excellent Kevin Sorbo) is influenced by his own cynicism, anger and pain.

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Life is really a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing!

Is one of the statements made by the professor. (Not – just in the interest of accuracy – in the scene above.)

And there within lies a truth faced by every Christian isn’t it?  That we will in our walks be faced by others – and very often others with authority or power to influence our life on this earth – who do not hold the same faith or beliefs that we hold.  And who will often try to influence or suppress, silence or even kill our faith.

Fast-paced, solid acting and an amazing musical score.

But for one of his students – Josh Wheaton (wonderfully played by Shane Harper [shown below]) the professor’s lack of faith and his requirement of his student’s to agree with it is simply not one he himself can adopt or comply with.

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But of course, as with many a good film/movie, whilst this is the central storyline and indeed the main message and challenge.  There are other very interesting and well presented story lines within this movie and certainly enough to keep you the viewer – in my opinion – attentive, entertained and indeed challenged.

And that, for me at least, is this film’s greatest attribute.  It challenges.

The acting is excellent and the portrayal of his character (Josh Wheaton) by Shane Harper is excellent and just as strong as it needs to be in order to play against the wonderful and extremely powerful portrayal of the character of Professor Radisson by Kevin Sorbo.  And the wonderful acting doesn’t end with just those two central characters.

Also appearing within this film are such names as David A. R. White (who plays the Rev Dave) and Dean Cain (of ‘The New Adventures of Superman’ fame and who plays Marc Shelley).  And additionally there are appearances of Willie and Korie Robertson (from Duck Dynasty) – as themselves and which not only gives additional reference to the question of having a faith in Christ within a world where faith in Christ seems not only ridiculed but increasingly unacceptable, but also brings the question into a real and tangible context.  And I should also, I feel, make mention of the wonderful portrayal of her character ‘Kara’ (Josh’s girlfriend) by Cassidy Gifford.  Who whilst not having a starring role would – had not her performance been so plausible and believable – detracted so much from the film’s sub-plots and secondary or supporting messages.

Once again, as is often seems to be the case with the recent batch of Christian films, this film/movie is not filled with spectacular CGI shots or sequences or with gratuitous violence (see violence rating of zero below).  And nor (oh so thankfully) is it peppered with clichés or oh-so-cheesy harmony sequences.

Instead it is intelligent, pure and confident.  It stands resolute in the belief behind its message.  Confident enough to make the statement and thereby issue a challenge and yet not so defiant as to antagonize or deter those who are of differing beliefs.

I like this film/movie.  I was blessed by this movie and what is more I was blessed and extremely encouraged by the response of the youth group at the church that I attend.  Who – from all the reports I have received (trust me, I am far too old to be personally involved in youth work nowadays) – were really impressed with, appreciative of and challenged by this film/movie.

Additionally, it is also worth mentioning, my bible study group watched this movie together on DVD some months back now.  And we all thoroughly enjoyed it.  So much so that I was asked by one of the group if they could borrow it to watch with their family and to pass on for a friend to watch.  As I said that was some moths back now.  I am yet to get the DVD back and I believe it is still doing the rounds.  Not great for DVD sales I admit, but a very clear indication of how popular and respected this movie is.

And so I am delighted to highly recommend it!

Title:              God’s Not Dead

Written By:   Hunter Dennis, Chuck Konzelman, Cary Soloman

Directed By:  Harold Cronk

Starring:        Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A. R. White

Genre: Drama, Christian

Released: April 18th 2014 (UK)

Runtime: 113 mins

Certificate: PG

Violence: None

Controversial Language: None

Nudity and/or Sexual Content: None

Potentially Disturbing Scenes: Next to none.

For Faith and Ful-film-ent Rating: 9/10 Highly Recommended. †††††††††

Amazing Love – The Story of Hosea – Film Review

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There is a conversation in this film/movie in which ‘Cooper’ (Terence Hardy Jr) says, “Come on Stuart, the Old Testament?”  And to which ‘Gameboy’ (played by Creagon Dow) adds, “Yeah this is the now, not the then.”  Stuart the Church Youth Group leader (played by Sean Astin) replies, “Guys, you  might be surprised to find out how it applies to us.” And there within lies the truth about this movie itself.Set in the modern day, this movie is about a small church youth group who go away on a camping weekend together and how their youth group leader uses the book of Hosea to speak into their current situations.

And it really is an excellent, and also simplistic, film/movie with good, healthy, encouraging and yes even challenging messages presented through a very inviting storyline.

For those of us who live in Europe – or certainly outside of America – one of the observations which I can make about the recent batch of excellent Christian movies coming out of America – It seems they are the forerunners in this improved approach – is that a great deal of them are very ‘american’ in their style, setting and content.  And whilst there is nothing specifically wrong with this and whilst it it is understandable, there are times, I have top admit, when I watch a movie and as good as it’s message is, I do wonder if the ability to relate to it is not somehow limited as a result of the differences in culture and life experiences.

With this film however there is very little problem in this respect, as – take away the accents – this could be set in any country.  And thus the ability for a European youth to relate to the characters in this film/movie is, in the opinion of this writer, far greater.

Set in the modern day – but flashing back through the retelling of the biblical story (although I should point out – as is recognized and acknowledged within the film itself, that some aspects of the ‘flashback story-telling’ are not actually biblical and are added for scene-setting purposes) it affords us the opportunity to see both ‘times’ and yet how God’s word is just as relevant and applicable today as it was then.

hqdefault1 ‘Imdb.com‘ writes of this film/movie’s storyline(s)…

When a confrontation occurs amongst the youth group, Stuart takes the opportunity to share with the group the touching story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea.

And certainly this is the main storyline of this movie, but there is of course so much more to it than that. And the film/movie is, in the opinion of this writer, well worth watching for any youth group or young Christian today.

What this film does not have – and trust me I am so refreshed and blessed by this – is fast moving, dramatic CGI sequences, any violence or bad language. It is what it is and it stands tall and confident in its integrity and purity.

Something which is only confirmed and enhanced by quality acting and ‘real’ characters with whom you can easily relate.

 

There is a refreshing and inviting ‘naturalness’ to the portrayal of the characters – not only the modern-day ones but also the biblical ones.  But then with names such as Sean Astin, Elijah Alexander, Kenton Duty, Patty Duke, Erin Bethea, Sammi Hanratty, Tehmina Sunny and an excellent performance by Savannah Jade, what would you expect?

It is quite simply a very good, very nice (and yes I dislike what that word has become too) demonstrating the need and the application of Amazing Love – Unconditional Love. And I would certainly recommend it.

Oh and just one more thing on the subject of non-biblical content which is added or inserted to biblical stories before I close.  It seems to be the case – forgive me if I am wrong – that Hollywood and other such film makers have got it into their heads that ‘artistic license’ affords them freedom to take a biblical story and twist and corrupt it out of almost all scriptural recognition.  This is not only offensive to some of us but is extremely harmful and misleading/misinforming.

I mentioned above that, “as is recognized and acknowledged within the film itself, that some aspects of the ‘flashback story-telling’ are not actually biblical and are added for scene setting purposes”.  I am happy to say that in  my opinion these neither twist or corrupt the scriptural account or the main meaning of the story. But then other more puritanical reviewers may disagree.

Title:             Amazing Love – The Story of Hosea

Written By:   Dave Christiano, Rich Christiano, Greg Mitchell

Directed By:  Bill McAdams Jr

Starring:       Sean Astin, Elijah Alexander, Kenton Duty,

Genre: Drama, Christian

Released: November 06th, 2012 (USA)

Runtime: 80 mins

Age Rating: NR

Violence: None

Controversial Language: None

Nudity and/or Sexual Content: None

Potentially Disturbing Scenes: None.

For Faith and Ful-film-ent Rating: 8/10 ††††††††††

 

 

Gallows Road – Film Review

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Gallows-road_20917_thumbFast-paced it isn’t but hard hitting – yes it could very be.  Depending of course on where you are at with the Lord and on how much you are willing to listen to and reflect on it’s message.

That’s not to say that this film does not contain any intense or dramatic scenes or indeed any distressing moments.  For certainly it has both and yes there is certainly violence within this movie.  And yet, for those of us who are let’s say softer-hearted and who would, like me, prefer a much quieter more ‘feel-good’ kind film, it is – at least in the opinion of this writer – important for us to remember that life isn’t always ‘feel-good’.

Recognising that racial prejudice still exists in this world today, the film is set in a small town in Texas and stars such names as Kevin Sorbo and Ernie Hudson and Bill McAdams Jr – who also directed the film and who along with the help of Grace McAdams – whom I think is his mother – also wrote it).  And thus the acting is generally first class.  But I would recommend that you also look out for the younger ‘potentially up-coming’ stars of this film. These, in my opinion, being: Megan Dalby as Puck Knight (Megan is also known for ‘Proud Souls’ and ‘Awkward’) and Isaac Smth as Bay Collins (Isaac also being known for ‘Kidding With Gloria Campos’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’.

GALOWRAD_2  ‘Imdb.com‘ writes of this movie’s storyline(s)…

Loss and heartbreak challenges one man to forgive the unforgivable.

And yes that is certainly true of this film and yet it is so much more and as the poster (featured 1st above) and the film sleeve/cover asks…

God forgives.  Will you?”

And there within lies the pivotal question and message of this film.  Forgiveness. But not only God’s – although that is of course essential – but ours of others and yes of ourselves, especially in accepting God’s forgiveness.

This film does, as I mentioned before, contain intense or dramatic scenes, and distressing moments.  Additionally there is certainly violence within this movie – including a child being smacked in the mouth by a parent, and also some murders. They are however, in the opinion of this writer, intrinsic to the plot and delicately dealt with. But please note that they are there.

To say that I personally ‘enjoyed’ this movie would be in fact be untrue.  Not that I disliked it at all.  It held my attention and I din’t regret watching it.  But certainly it did not captivate me in any way.

The acting was (in the main) first rate and the storyline plausible.  And let us be objective here. The Lord has many tools in His tool box as each tool serves a different purpose.  And what may not speak to or inspire me could very well speak to or inspire you.  Did it move me at times? Well yes, once or twice it did – but then I can be a big old softy at times. (Don’t tell any one I said so though.)  And I simply have to mention and recognize that there is some excellent solo singing in this movie.

In truth, although this movie was the winner of 2015 International Christian Film Festival, I personally cannot recommend this film/movie.  But I can say that it is one you probably won’t and certainly shouldn’t regret watching.  Oh and one last thing/heads up. If you are the kind of person who likes everything neatly packaged – with good people being prospering and all the ‘baddies’ getting their comeuppance in this life, well you are probably going to be disappointed with aspects of both this film and indeed life – this side of heaven that is 🙂

Title:              Gallows Road

Written By:   Bill McAdams Jr, Grace McAdams

Directed By:  Bill McAdams Jr

Starring:       Kevin Sorbo and Ernie Hudson and Bill McAdams Jr, plus Megan Dalby and Isaac Smith

Genre: Drama, Christian

Released: August 5th 2015 (USA)

Runtime: 104 mins

Age Rating: NR

Violence: Yes but not gratuitous

Controversial Language: Little

Nudity and/or Sexual Content: None

Potentially Disturbing Scenes: Limited.

For Faith and Ful-film-ent Rating: 6/10 ††††††††††

You can also check out the Official Music Video also featuring Bill McAdams Jr.

 

Camp (2013) – Film Review

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I have entitled this review ‘Camp (2013) – Film Review’ so as to distinguish it from another film (released in 2003) of the same name and of a different nature.

This film focuses on the central character of young Eli – a 12 year old who has had a far less than desirable life and who –  after a sequence of events beyond his control – ends up in a Christian summer camp.

And yet there is so much more to this film – with a number of back stories also going on.

As usual I am going to do my best to avoid including any spoilers in this review.  Which of course limits what I can write about this film.  Don’t you, like me, just get so frustrated when a review tells you all there is to know about the film and leaves very little for you to experience first-hand?

Written and directed by Jacob Roebuck (also known for: Loving Lynda, Chuck and Coyote County Loser) with additional writers being cited as Johnston Moore and Kristin Wolven, this film is excellent and I would recommend it to all and especially to anyone who is either a) considering going to a Christian Summer Camp or b) working or volunteering at one.  Although of course all Christian Summer Camps vary widely or so it seems to me.

Camp-Christian-Movie-Christian-Film-DVD1Based on true stories it is, in essence,  a story of hope and how God via Christ Jesus truly can and does speak into the lives of those who call on Him.

A message that is clearly needed especially in this day and age and one which – through the characters portrayed in this movie – invites you the viewer to consider just how Christ can, if you will let Him, speak into your current circumstances and use your life to His glory.

It is a story of growth and love and healing and not only for our main character.

Set alongside Eli – our young and vulnerable principal character – is a secondary character who (being an adult) is much older and much more street ‘savvy’. And yet, who is just as much in need of the Lord as young Eli is

The acting – whilst I have to admit not brilliant throughout – is of a good quality and thus the characters are both plausible and inviting.  And additional to the film there are a number of extra features which will not only offer am explanation of the film’s concept but also its link with the ‘Royal Family Kids’ organisation.

I liked this film a great deal.  I laughed, I smiled, I grimaced and I cried.  And then I watched it with my bible study group and I watched them as they were watching it and they too laughed, smiled, grimaced and cried.

And it would, I think be remiss of me not to point out that this film/movie does contain a very limited amount of scenes containing physical child abuse and reference to sexual abuse as well as some (very minor) bad language.)   However, none of this is gratuitous and it is all relevant to the storyline and presenting a real portrayal.

In a world where such labels as  ‘inspirational’ are bandied about far to easily and quite wrongly in this writer’s opinion, I am hesitant to apply such a label to this film.  And yet it could in many ways be inspirational if you reflect on and allow it’s central message of hope to enter your heart.  And let’s be real here, certainly the history and mission of Royal Family Kids – from what I know about it and on which this film is based – truly is inspirational.

As I said,  I strongly recommend this film/movie to you.

Title:              Camp

Written By:   Jacob Roebuck (with Johnston Moore & Kristin Wolven

Directed By:  Jacob Robuck

Starring:       Miles Eliot, Betsy Roth, Josh Berry.

Genre: Drama, Christian

Released: February 22nd, 2013 (USA)

Runtime: 109 mins

Age Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence, a crude gesture and brief language.

Violence: Limited

Controversial Language: Limited

Nudity and/or Sexual Content: None

Potentially Disturbing Scenes: Limited

For Faith and Ful-film-ent Rating: 8/10 Highly Recommended. ††††††††††

‘Do You Believe?’ – Film Review.

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For the first film review I have chosen the recently released film “Do You Believe?” which – by way of pedigree (although that doesn’t always guarantee a good movie) – comes from the creators of ‘God’s Not Dead’.

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One of the most important and indeed difficult things about writing film/movie reviews – I believe – is doing so in such a way as it a) informs (in general) the reader as to the film’s main storyline and b) accurately expresses your response and opinion of the film whilst c) not giving away too much of the film or spoiling it for others.  And so the following review is written with these things in mind.

Let’s begin by looking at how ‘imdb.com’ describes this movie’s storyline(s)…

When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.

And certainly I would have no difficulty agreeing with that description.  And yet this film is about so much more than that.  As it presents – as the DVD sleeve advises us – very real and very plausible portrayals of..

A  dozen different souls – all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the cross of Christ.

In essence this film is real.  It is plausible and believable. It is inviting and it is encompassing.  And even more than that it is inspiring and challenging!  It offers – as the Christian Post comments…

Fast-paced, solid acting and an amazing musical score.

And what else would you expect with such actors as Sean Astin, Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd and Ted McGinley – to name but  few?  And trust me, as someone who has seen many a Christian movie, ‘solid acting’ within Christian films is – in the opinion of this writer – more of a recent thing and is such blessing.  And also something which is so very important if it is – as this film certainly is – to afford you the viewer a chance to connect with the characters and thus the message.  Which in this movies is well worth connecting to.

If I were to have any concerns about this film/movie (and trust me it is an extremely small concern).  If there were to be any potential criticism, it would possibly be that the main focus seems to be on the cross of Christ and not on Christ Himself.  But it should be remembered that not only is the cross of Christ extremely important but that when it comes to many a non-believer, considering the cross of Christ is far less controversial than considering Christ Himself.  And thus the focus on the cross of Christ is, I would suspect a means to an end – or as I hope and pray – a means for many to a new beginning.

do-you-believeTitle:              Do You Believe?

Written By:   Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon

Directed By:  Jonathan M Gunn

Starring:        Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Alexa Penavaga 

Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd, Ted McGinley

Genre: Drama, Christian

Released: March 20th 2015 (USA)

Runtime: 120 mins

Age Rating: AA Appropriate Audiences

Violence: Next to none

Controversial Language: None

Nudity and/or Sexual Content: None

Potentially Disturbing Scenes: Next to none.

For Faith and Ful-film-ent Rating: 9/10 Highly Recommended. †††††††††